What About the Science?
The Tea Party group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded by David and Charles Koch, of Koch Industries, a major oil and gas conglomerate is the most influential so-called super PAC, whose president, Tim Phillips has said “there’s no question…[AFP] has been instrumental in the rise of Republican candidates who question or deny climate science. We’ve made great headway. What it means for candidates on the Republican side is, if you buy into green energy or play footsie on this issue, you do so at your political peril. The vast majority of people who are involved in the [Republican] nominating process-the conventions and the primaries- are suspect of the science. And that’s our influence. Groups like Americans for Prosperity have done it.” As Koch Industries has lobbied aggressively against climate-change policy, AFP has spearheaded an all-fronts campaign using advertising, social media, and cross-country events aimed at electing lawmakers who will ensure the profits of the oil industry. Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/koch-
Allegations of scientific fraud regarding climate change research have been widely reported in the news. This so-called "Climategate" has led many otherwise intelligent people to discount the theory of human-caused climate change. While it might be appealing to believe it is all a fraud, the vast body of science still points toward a large human contribution to climate change, and critical examination of the fraud claims reveal that most of them were taken out of context, or misinterpreted. Further, the media responsibility to report just as widely that the ‘Climategate’ science and scientists have been vindicated and cleared by 3 separate scientific investigative bodies was shirked, with barely a mention of these results! More below:
The Berkley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) Project, conducted by American physicist, Richard Muller, stated that “Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that.” The BEST study, ironically, was funded by the Koch brothers, who likely would have preferred a different outcome. Read more:http://www.nationofchange.org/
There is yet some question among climate scientists over the percentage of human contribution to climate change, although the vast majority agree our contribution is very large. Even if you feel climate change is mostly natural, fossil fuels represent a non-renewable, depleting, and polluting source of energy. For the future, we must move away from extremely polluting and slowly vanishing fuels toward renewable sources of energy.